Our Committment to Excellence

The Keystone team represents the full array of maritime disciplines, which include:

  • Information Technology
  • Fleet Operations
  • Insurance & Risk Management
  • Marine Services
  • Marine Personnel & Labor Management
  • Chartering
  • Safety Management
  • Finance & Accounting
  • Quality Management
  • Engineering
  • Environmental Management
  • Security

While Keystone’s vessels are engaged in many different trades, they all operate to one exceptional standard. Keystone’s highly trained and experienced workforce, both onshore and at sea, underpins the steadfast commitment to excellence that has been a Keystone Shipping hallmark since the Company was founded.

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Keystone Shipping’s onboard crews are supported by an onshore management team with thousands of years of cumulative maritime knowledge.

Keystone’s Legacy

Keystone Shipping’s management and work culture is the embodiment of the values and entrepreneurial spirit of the Company’s founder, Charles Kurz. From humble beginnings, Charles Kurz began his career in 1909 as an errand boy for a Philadelphia custom house broker. In the ensuing years, he became a highly respected shipping agent, commodities trader, and ship owner. By World War II, Charles Kurz was managing a fleet of 75 merchant ships as head of the United States War Shipping Administration.

What distinguished Charles Kurz throughout his remarkable career was his passion for innovation, his dedication to his customers, his undisputed integrity, and his willingness to take on seemingly impossible challenges and bring them to fruition.

The tradition of excellence which Charles Kurz established more than a century ago continues today under the leadership of Donald Kurz and his son, Donald Kurz Jr. – representing the third and fourth generations of Kurz family leadership.

Industry Leadership

Keystone Shipping is known for its close-knit, participative management culture and its commitment to superior performance, customer service, and industry leadership.
We are recognized as a force for innovation in the maritime industry – pioneering the significant upsizing of tankers, the development of double-hulled tankers and parcel tankers, the use of specialized tank cleaning operations, and the development of dual-fired propulsion systems. These innovations, initially pioneered by Keystone, have ultimately become industry standards.

Industry Affiliations & Awards

Keystone personnel take a leadership role in various industry affiliations, Boards and committees, including but not limited to, the following:

American Bureau of Shipping (ABS) Council

ABS Americas TEchnical Committee

ABS Americas TEchnical Committee

U.S. Representative to the international chamber of shipping

American Petroleum Institute

Chamber of Shipping of America

Board Member

International Tanker Owners Pollution Federation

Board Member

Lake Carriers’ Association

Board Member

North American Marine Environmental Protection Association

Board Member

North of england P & I Association

Board Member

Tanker Structures Cooperative Forum

U.S. Coast Guard Chemical Transportation ADvisory Committee

Keystone Shipping News & Announcements

At Keystone Shipping we are proud of our accomplishments. Our unwavering dedication to excellence has allowed us to thrive and excel in the maritime community.

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Fall Safety Line – 2018

The fall issue of the Safety Line from Keystone Shipping is here!  We touch on Hurricane Florence, 2018 Boat of the Year nominations, and more! Read the full 2018 Fall Safety Line.

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Summer Safety Line – 2018

The summer issue of Keystone Shipping’s Safety Line Newsletter is here, with a retirement tribute to Mr. Rod Neale, a highlight of one of our “Faces of the Fleet”, and a report on Operation Nautical Horizon. Read the full 2018 Summer Safety Line.

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Nurturing the Passions of a Pint Sized Boatnerd

Key Lakes deck officer Ellora Martin meets a young female maritime enthusiast to help inspire passions of a career in maritime on the Great Lakes. Read the full article in the Duluth Seaway Port Authority Spring Magazine.

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